Dance Communication and Cultural Education

This is something I wrote in 1995 for a Transcultural Studies Module when I was studying for my Masters Degree in Health Education. I have edited the very formal way of writing that we had to follow at that time such as substituting ‘I’ for ‘the writer’.

Sho

“Long before the dawn of history, long before he could sing or even speak, man danced. Moving to his own internal rhythms, the pounding of his heart, the beating of his pulse, primitive man discovered dance. It is within us, always.”

Gene Kelly – from the film that’s dancing (1985)

Introduction

In this paper, I examine aspects of dance as a form of communication and as an aid to teaching about different cultures, in particular, the contribution that dance can make to the cultural education of school children. I discuss my own experiences of dance as a universal, nonverbal, language. Brinson (1993) in his book entitled Dance as Education wrote:-

Through cultural education, dance:

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Course bookings close Friday 2 April

Course bookings for the current two courses available to book, close tomorrow 2 April 2021. There is still time for you to book until the end of Friday 2 April. The two Short Online CPD Courses for Dance Teachers starting on Friday 9 April 2021 are:

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You can still book until end of Friday 22 January (UK time)

Bookings close for January 2021 courses on Friday

Teaching Dance to Older People (TOP) is a popular course with dance teachers. It is a great way to explore teaching dance to older people or to enhance your understanding of teaching this group of dance learners. We look at some key issues to consider when teaching older people as well as exploring some of the potential health and social benefits that dance can offer this population.

Positive Psychology for Dance Teachers: an introduction (PP) joined the list of Short Online CPD Courses for Dance Teachers last year. You might find the quotes about PP here useful. This PP course shows you ways to bring PP into your dance teaching and in this way aim to help your dance learners to flourish as people as well as dancers.

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Still time

New year offer ends tonight

You still have time to take advantage of the special price on all, available to book, courses listed on the Book a Course, page. You can continue to book until 11.59pm (UK time) after which prices will revert to the usual prices for courses.

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Courses

New Year discount on course bookings – book before end of Saturday 9 January

After Saturday 9 January (UK time), courses return to their usual price. You still have time to book at the reduced cost of £54 per course instead of £59. You can book any of the courses listed currently on the Book a Course page. From 10 January courses can still be booked at the full price until the given closing date for each course.

Free Zoom session with Sho on 18 January

Don’t forget to request your Zoom link for the Free Session with Sho on 18 January. Time for doing something for you – energising movement, mindful relaxation for dance teachers